Harmful Algal Blooms Monitoring and Remote Sensing Research
It is difficult to know when and where Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) will form. Although understanding of HABs characterization and assessment has improved greatly, it can be difficult and costly to provide guidance or apply prevention and management strategies. EPA’s HABs monitoring research employs basic ecological knowledge of how environmental drivers impact the development of biomass and the occurrence of toxins. Data sources range from fundamental research to high-frequency modern sensors, and from local sampling to satellite imagery. The results of this work can be used to characterize the development, intensity, and spatial extent of HABs in rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs, including recreational and source water.
EPA’s HABs monitoring research includes the following:
- Development of CyAN app which to quickly inform decisions regarding recreational and drinking water safety related to cyanobacterial blooms.
- Development of methods for early detection of algal toxin production using qPCR.
- Machine learning models combined with genomic and environmental drivers to predict toxins and biomass.
- Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) Project
- Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyanobacteria Research
- Harmful Algal Blooms Mitigation and Treatment Research
- Assessment of Health Outcomes from Harmful Algal Blooms Exposure Research
- East Fork Watershed Research Collaboration and Data
- Biosensor for Cyanotoxins and Cyanobacteria Using Both Antibodies and DNA
- Data Mining and Harmful Algal Blooms
- Modeling the Links Between Discharge and Nutrients from the Mississippi River Basin to the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia